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Berkeley, CA, United States
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Berkeley car rental Information

Pick-up locationBerkeley
Rental locations8

Berkeley car rental reviews and directory

From C$ 36/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
Cheapest deal
8.3 Excellent (91 reviews)
4 locations in Berkeley
Enterprise
Locations in Berkeley
1706 San Pablo Avenue+1 510 526 3900
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
1990 Oxford St.+1 510 223 6444
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
3001 Shattuck Ave+1 510 841 8300
Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
5858 Horton St Ste 193+1 510 223 6444
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.3
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From C$ 40/dayRated #2
Hertz
Most popular
7.1 Good (49 reviews)
1 location in Berkeley
Hertz
Locations in Berkeley
1061 San Pablo Ave.+1 510 558 1438
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • 7.2
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Rated #3
Budget
8.4 Excellent (26 reviews)
2 locations in Berkeley
Budget
Locations in Berkeley
2000 Kittredge Street+1 510 666 1270
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
600 Gilman Street+1 510 524 7237
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
  • 8.6
  • 8.7
  • 8.3
  • 8.4
  • 8.2
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Rated #4
Avis
7.5 Good (25 reviews)
3 locations in Berkeley
Avis
Locations in Berkeley
2000 Kittredge Street+1 510 705 8991
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
5855 Horton Street+1 510 420 1599
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
600 Gilman Street+1 510 558 0441
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.2
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191 travellers who rented a car in Berkeley gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.9

Car rental locations in or near Berkeley

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

C$ 52/day

Good deal

C$ 38/day

When to book a rental car in Berkeley

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Berkeley

  • One of the main reasons to rent a car when visiting Berkeley is that, with one, it is a simple drive to reach the many wonderful nature parks that surround the city. For example, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers wonderful views of the bridge, bay, and the city. However, it is a slow process to get there via public transportation, while in a car it just an easy 30-minute drive from central Berkeley.
  • Looking to pick up a rental car for your time in Berkeley? If you are flying into San Francisco International Airport, the rental car counters are located in the Rental Car Center. To reach the Rental Car Center from the airport, simply hop onto the AirTrain Blue Line at any of the terminals and get off at the Rental Car Center stop.
  • Jaywalking is particularly common in Berkeley and drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians, particularly when near UC Berkeley. This is partly because of the high density of pedestrians and also because of the many tiny streets in the area. In general, jaywalking isn’t as big of an issue as it is in some other big U.S. cities, but it is still something to look out for.
  • Berkeley, like many suburbs in large cities, suffers from daily bouts of rush hour. Typically, drivers can expect rush hour to last from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The evening rush hour can be particularly congested for drivers leaving the downtown area, so it is highly advised to time your driving accordingly. I-80 and the Bay Bridge are two spots to skirt around if you are looking to avoid traffic.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Berkeley for C$ 38 or less
  • Book your rental car in Berkeley at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Berkeley are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Berkeley

  • Some car rental companies in Berkeley which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz and Enterprise

  • On average a hire car in Berkeley costs C$ 52 per day.

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Berkeley are Enterprise (8.3, 130 reviews), and Hertz (6.9, 88 reviews).

  • The average gas price in Berkeley is C$ 4.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 50 and C$ 66, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Berkeley.

  • Car rental companies onsite at San Francisco airport include Hertz, Thrifty, Fox, Budget, Dollar, Sixt, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise and National.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Thrifty, Fox, Budget, Dollar, Sixt, Avis, Advantage, Alamo and Enterprise.

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Economy car rental in Berkeley costs C$ 48 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Berkeley costs C$ 49 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Berkeley costs C$ 40 per day, on average.

  • In Berkeley, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz 1061 San Pablo Ave. (3 km from city centre ).

  • On average a rental car in Berkeley costs C$ 362 per week (C$ 52 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Berkeley costs C$ 1,553 per month (C$ 52 per day).

  • The roads in Berkeley are more than large enough to accommodate all sizes of vehicles from SUVs to sedans. That being said, there are some neighborhoods with smaller streets; for the most part, however, they aren’t an issue. Additionally, parking is another thing to keep in mind as in the most popular parts of town, larger cars may be difficult to find parking spots large enough for.

  • Drivers can expect residential speed limits in Berkeley to range from 25 to 35 mph, while on larger roads the speed limit goes up to 50 mph and even up to 65 mph on motorways. On highways and interstates, drivers will see speed limits ranging from 65 to 70 mph.

  • Need to refill the tank while you are in Berkeley? If so, you can expect to pay around $3.45 per gallon of gas. This is slightly above average for the U.S., although it is right within the average for the West Coast.

  • Streetside parking can be very difficult to find in the central areas of Berkeley, especially during the peak hours of the work week. Aside from streetside parallel parking, parking garages are the main option available. In general, the garages are your best bet for parking, particularly if you are planning on to a more popular area. Drivers can usually expect to pay around $2.00 - $3.00 per hour for parking.